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Surgery

At Foothills Veterinary Hospital, LLC., we understand that whether for routine or emergency procedures, leaving your pet for surgery can be stressful and unnerving for both you and your companion. That’s why you can rely on us to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art, compassionate care throughout your pet’s entire stay at our hospital. We will answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Pre-Surgical Exam

All surgery patients will have a pre-anesthetic examination by the surgeon. The surgeon will ensure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo the planned surgical procedure on the day scheduled by doing a head-to- toe physical examination as well as any bloodwork that has been requested. Clients are offered pre-surgical bloodwork to evaluate general health as well as kidney and liver function. The blood test is generally optional, but mandatory on all animals that are ill, and/or over 7 years old. The majority of surgical patients will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed. The purpose of the IV catheter is to have an easy access to the blood stream for any IV fluids, or emergency medications that may be needed. IV fluids help maintain blood pressure during anesthesia, and are optional on animals older than 7 years old. The veterinarian and the trained technician anesthetist monitoring your pet will decide if IV fluids are essential for the health and safety of your pet during the surgical procedure.

During Surgery 

During surgery, we have a highly trained staff member devoted to monitoring your pet’s vitals. Their main priority is evaluating your pet’s blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory functions, body temperature, and maintaining proper oxygen levels for your pet. Special heating blankets maintain your pet’s body temperature during surgery and recovery. Communication is also an important part of the surgery process, and our staff will keep you fully informed about your pet’s surgery, progress, and recovery.

Pain Management 

Our hospital believes strongly that proper pain management is mandatory for all surgical patients. Our comprehensive pain management protocols include a variety of injectable and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, and opioid pain relievers. All surgical estimates and procedures will include pain management. We are more than happy to walk you through every step and explain everything you need to know for post-surgery care at home.

Post-Surgical Care 

Post surgical care varies with each procedure as well as each animal. At discharge, our staff will completely explain your pet’s post surgical home care, and send home a written treatment plan with all medications and care required.

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